Once again, the Trump Administration and Congress are headed towards the brink. In September, services we need may come to a screeching halt unless new funding levels and the federal government’s authority to borrow are renewed. Since Congress will be leaving for August recess in a few weeks, these vital funding conversations are happening this week! Congress must act soon to agree on spending levels and to raise the limits on federal borrowing (the “debt ceiling”). And the time to speak out is NOW! On Monday, July 22nd, please join in a National Call-in Day.
The Trump Administration reportedly plans to carry out mass arrests to speed deportations of thousands of immigrants over the coming days. After shocking the conscience of the nation as we witnessed the grievous and continuing harm to children separated from their parents, the Trump Administration is apparently intent on recklessly tearing more parents from children.
Much has been written – although perhaps not nearly enough – about the cruel, decrepit, and even dangerous conditions inside migrant detention camps along the southern U.S. border. Now, however, details are emerging about conditions in migrant camps on the other side of the border – conditions exacerbated by the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. And it is a disturbing picture.
It is summer time for schoolchildren, and the living is easy – unless you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. A new report released Wednesday by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) found that far too many children across the country are missing out on the nutrition they need when the regular school year ends, and with it, the National School Lunch Program and a sister program that serves breakfasts.
The Trump Administration wants to rip apart tens of thousands of families. Through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it has proposed prohibiting mixed-status families from receiving housing assistance. Mixed-status families are families that include both members who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status.
In May, the Trump Administration announced its latest plan to deny assistance to millions: shrinking the poverty line. Through our webinars, email blasts, direct outreach, and the support of our coalition members and other like-minded groups, CHN helped generate more than 52,000 comments opposing this attempt to redefine the poverty line, submitted from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Last month, Voices for Human Needs wrote about an event sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The event featured nine presidential candidates who took turns taking the stage at Trinity Washington University to discuss their plans for fighting poverty in the United States. At the time of the event, it was noted that when presidential candidates gather for traditional debates, poverty does not exactly take center stage. So we wondered what would happen when 20 candidates gathered for two debates last week in Miami; would poverty and economic injustice be a focus of attention?
Moments ago, media outlets — including Huffington Post and The New York Times, reported that U.S. Census forms are being printed and that the Trump Administration has dropped efforts to include a citizenship question. Reports HuffPo: “There will not be a question asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, the Trump administration said Tuesday.
CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s spending work, aid for immigrants at the border, the Supreme Court’s decision on the Census citizenship question, and more.
Once a subject often kept behind the curtain, tax policy has quickly risen to fame recently while more political leaders discuss why tax policy has gone so wrong in our country. And this discussion appears to have led to a shift — perhaps in the direction of no longer benefitting the wealthy and corporations. This was the overarching theme at Taxing the (Very) Rich: Finding the Cure for Excessive Wealth Disorder, the Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) and Institute for Policy Studies’ (IPS) day-long event on Tuesday, June 25, which CHN co-sponsored.